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Britain's oldest working man?

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At 95, Sid Prior is a contender for Britain's oldest working man - and he has no plans to retire.

Mr Prior works as a "meeter and greeter" at his local B&Q superstore in Wimbledon, southwest London.

Prior got his first job when he was 14 and has never been out of work since. He began working at B&Q at the age of 76.

He has also been a sales manager and a greengrocer, and served in the British army in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War.

He said: "When I was 76 and first started the job, the manager took me on solely because he had a special job he wanted done and he couldn't get the youngsters to do it because they found it boring. I stuck at it for three and half years before they transferred me to garden."

A study published last year by the World Economic Forum showed that over-50s make up the majority of the labour force in Finland and Switzerland. France, Germany and Britain are expected to follow within 30 years.